Gary Player came to the Senior British Open at Turnberry in Scotland having had a reasonably successful…
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1987 US Senior Open
Gary Player says the US Senior Open at Brooklawn Country Club was one of his finest Major performances ever. He opened with a solid 69, but Gordon Jones, who posted seven birdies during an eight-hole stretch, and Peter Thomson shared the opening-round lead at 66 (five under par). Chi Chi Rodrigues, who fired a second-round 68 to match his opening round, held the halfway lead, just one shot ahead of Player and John Brodies, while Arnold Palmer was a further shot behind on 138.
Chi Chi was the star player on the Champions Tour that year and already won six events going into the Senior Open, so he was certainly the one to beat. On the 17th hole of the third round, Player made birdie at the 415-yard par four to catch Chi Chi for the first time and then take the lead for the first time in the tournament.
In the final round, Gary Player had a dream start, making four birdies in the first eight holes to go six ahead – a lead that he kept to the finish!